It’s become so common, we don’t even bat an eyelash anymore.
Every year or two, there’s a sex scandal involving the raping of women by men in the U.S. armed forces.
Sometimes it’s the Army, sometimes it’s the Navy, sometimes it’s the Marines. Right now there’s a huge scandal brewing about the conduct of officers at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where for years there was a systematic and endemic problem that involved disgusting, despicable sexual assaults of women by men they trained with, lived with, and ate with.
According to this New York Times story, 62 trainees were identified as victims of assault or other improper conduct by 32 training instructors between 2009-2012.
Seven instructors have been court-martialed, with eight more under investigation.
One of the biggest problems, of course, is the women being too scared to report these hideous acts because their commanding officer is often the one who rapes them.
This quote from Virginia Messick, one of the victims, is heartbreaking:
“How am I supposed to go about reporting something when the person I’m supposed to report to is the person who raped me?”
Every few years, one of these situations unfold, and every few years, we see hand-wringing from the Pentagon and promises to “clean up the old-boys club” attitude of the military.
And every few years, we hear about more women being treated in the most despicable manner possible, violated and humiliated by their colleagues.
I don’t know the answer as to why these assaults keep happening; does the military attract predatory men who think they have the right to take advantage of women? Does the overly-macho culture make normally right-thinking people turn into monsters?
I have no idea. But it’s sickening that this keeps happening in 2013, at such a high level.
Makes me wanna puke. These big, tough, strong men trying to protect our country, taking advantage of women just because they can.
**Because we’re always on the lookout for products that make life even lazier for couch potatoes than it already is, I present to you two videos today that show we’re still getting lazier.
First,The World’s Greatest Chair (seriously, that might be its name).
What’s the trick to the above video? It has a magnet on the bottom of the cup that the filler nozzle pushes in – to fill it up, then the magnet comes back down and seals once your off the nozzle.
Yeah, I want one.
**And second, this is a guy named David Neveel, a physicist, who has taken the time and effort to come up with an Oreo Separating Machine, for, I guess, people who are too busy to separate their Oreos.
What could this guy be doing to help the world, if he wasn’t doing this, I wonder?